Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Timeline of Jeff Bezos, an American entrepreneur and the founder of Amazon, the worlds largest online retailer. With his visionary leadership, Bezos revolutionized e-commerce and expanded Amazon into various industries, becoming one of the wealthiest individuals globally.


January 12, 1964


Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


Entrepreneur and founder of Amazon


Amazon, Blue Origin, The Washington Post


Princeton University


12 January 1964

Birth of Jeff Bezos

Jeffrey Preston Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen. His birth marked the start of the life of the future founder of Amazon and a game-changing entrepreneur.


05 July 1994

Founding of Amazon

Jeff Bezos founded on July 5, 1994, in a garage in Bellevue, Washington. Initially an online bookstore, Amazon would grow to become the largest internet retailer and a model for e-commerce.


08 September 2000

Founding of Blue Origin

Seeing a lifelong interest in space exploration to fruition, Bezos founded Blue Origin, an aerospace company aimed at developing technologies to enable private human access to space at lower costs and increased reliability.


05 August 2013

Purchase of The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos agreed to purchase The Washington Post and other publications affiliated with The Washington Post Co. for $250 million. The acquisition reflected Bezos’s interest in the future of newspapers in the digital age.


27 July 2017

Reaching a Wealth Milestone

Jeff Bezos's wealth momentarily surpassed $100 billion for the first time on November 24, 2017, making him the richest person in the world according to Forbes's wealth index. After sporadic jumps in Amazon's share price, in July 2017 he briefly unseated Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the wealthiest person in the world.


13 September 2018

Launch of Bezos Day One Fund

Jeff Bezos announced the launch of the Bezos Day One Fund, which would focus on funding existing non-profits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, non-profit tier-one preschools in low-income communities.


07 February 2019

Blackmail and Extortion Allegations against National Enquirer

Bezos publicly accused the National Enquirer of blackmail and extortion after it published exposés about his affair, stating that he was standing up to the publication instead of capitulating to their demands.


17 February 2020

Pledging $10 Billion to Combat Climate Change

Jeff Bezos pledged $10 billion to combat climate change through the Bezos Earth Fund, which would fund scientists, activists, and NGOs to preserve and protect the natural world.


02 February 2021

Announcement of Stepping Down as Amazon CEO

Bezos announced his plan to step down as the CEO of Amazon in the third quarter of 2021, transitioning to the role of executive chairman. Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, was set to succeed him.


20 July 2021

Successful Flight to Space with Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos went to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket as part of the company's first crewed flight. The historic flight marked a milestone for commercial space travel.

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